- 2 cups of stale French baguette or sourdough bread chunks
- 2 4- to 6-ounce veal cutlets
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 lemons (1 juiced and one sliced for garnish)
- If your bread is not already stale, slice it and let sit it on the counter for few hours. If you're not prepared to start drinking on an empty stomach, toss bread in the oven at 200 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes -- until it becomes hard, but not browned.
- Place bread in a food processor and pulse until it is reduced to coarse crumbs. If you only have a blender, crumble bread first, then pulse.
- Rinse cutlets and pat dry.
- Place cutlets on a sheet of wax paper. Using a mallet or any other blunt object, pound cutlets until they are 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper and paprika.
- Place flour in one bowl, egg in another and the bread crumbs in a third. Line the three bowls in a row.
- Roll the flattened cutlets in flour until completely coated, dip in egg until well soaked, then roll in bread crumbs until they are entirely covered.
- In a saute pan over medium-high heat, melt butter and add oil. Add breaded cutlets as butter starts to bubble. Cook until golden brown. Turn only once (approximately 3 minutes per side depending on exact thickness).
- Remove cutlets from pan and place on warmed plates
- Remove pan from heat and add lemon juice (and a tablespoon of butter if no one is looking). Stir it around to collect the drippings (this is known in cooking-speak as deglazing), then dribble over the veal. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Le Secret: The trick is to brown the outside of the veal, yet keep the meat moist. Needless to say, it's all in the timing. Don't get involved in any polkas while performing this delicate operation.
The Adventure Club: Make your own sauerkraut and serve it alongside the schnitzel.
Alternatives: Veal cutlets can be replaced with chicken breasts. Follow the exact instructions, but insure that chicken is cooked throughout, with no pink remaining before serving.